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I’m on set at a Zombie-Valentine-themed boutique lingerie shoot (don’t ask) chatting to long-term single, serial-dating model Melis*.

She’s tried pretty much every mainstream online site going, but confesses that she isn’t really looking for love.“It’s more like a game of snap” she tells me.

“When someone expresses an interest in you, whether it’s with a message, a ‘like’ or a ‘wink’ it’s like ‘BOOM! It’s this little daily self-esteem boost – A way of flirting with no consequences and without even having the leave the house”.

I ask her how she met the last man she went on a real date with.

“On Twitter, actually” she says, clearly surprising even herself with her answer “which in a way is better.

People only reveal a very specific corner of their personality on dating sites, but on social networks you get to see what they think and feel about a whole range of topics, as well as what their sense of humour is like”.With dating sites being used as a form of social networking and social networking sites being used to find dates, it’s clearly a confusing world out there for the modern singleton.Yet with the online dating industry worth £170 million by 2012, and a 2014 study predicting that more than half of couples will meet in the digital world in 20 years’ time, it’s clear that dating websites have an enduring appeal.A study by Chicago University in 2013 also found that couples who meet online are 25 per cent less likely to end in divorce or separation than those that began through friends or chance.In a bid to pour some clarity on the issue, I investigated the vast and (occasionally) terrifying world of dating websites.I found sites fit broadly into four categories: Standard, Specific (sometimes laughably so), weird and plain wrong.

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